How to Plan for Assisted Living: 4 Key Steps to Help You Get Started

elders in assisted living facility dancingMoving a loved one to an assisted living facility is a big step. It doesn’t just affect your aging loved one but your whole family, and there is a myriad of things to consider from physical and emotional well-being to financial capabilities.

While picking the facility is a difficult task, it isn’t the only one present. Are you or your loved one prepared financially for the added costs of an assisted living facility? 

Planning financially for assisted living is crucial for ensuring a smooth transition and continued quality of life. There are several things to consider when planning and steps to be the most prepared.

1. Start by Understanding the Costs of Assisted Living

Before embarking on a financial plan, it's crucial to comprehend the full spectrum of costs associated with assisted living. This may include:

  • Monthly rent
  • Service fees (for meals, housekeeping, utilities)
  • Health and personal care costs
  • Miscellaneous expenses like activities or transportation

Once you've outlined these expenses, you can strategize and budget. This will allow you to find the appropriate assisted living facility for your loved one, meeting your loved one’s needs and budget.

2. Explore Funding Options

If your current budget doesn’t cover the likely costs you’ll be seeing, you can explore other funding options to help pay for assisted living. This could include looking at private funds like pensions and personal savings, investigating long-term care insurance, reversing your mortgage, utilizing veteran benefits or tapping into Medicaid coverage.

3. Plan Ahead

Preparing a plan ahead of time can also alleviate the burden when the time for transition comes. This can involve consulting with a financial planner, downsizing large homes and establishing a trust.

4. Finding the Right Time for Assisted Living

While financial planning is paramount, recognizing when it's the right time for assisted living is equally crucial. No one wants to see their loved one go to a facility, but sometimes it’s the best one for your loved one as well as for the relatives caring for them.

To make this difficult decision easier, here are some signs to look out for:

  • Your loved one has increasing care needs
  • You have concerns for their safety while they’re on their own
  • They are feeling lonely
  • Caring for them is becoming stressful or difficult

We also have a blog dedicated to helping you make this decision. Check it out here.

Other Things to Consider

Once you’ve chosen to move your loved one into a dedicated assisted living facility, there are a few other things you need to consider during the process.

You may want to meet with a financial advisor or planner to help you understand the finances required as well as what’s available to you.

You’ll also want to plan for future medical needs. You don’t know what the future holds and don’t want to be caught unprepared. You never know what may happen in the future medically, so it’s good to have some money put aside for any unexpected costs.

It’s also essential to look at the contract before committing to an assisted living facility. Like with any contract, you want to know what you’re agreeing to before you sign on the dotted line.

Finally, review and adjust regularly. As circumstances change and things develop over time, it’s good to be able to adjust your plan accordingly, allowing you to provide the best care possible for your loved one while meeting your financial needs.

Start Preparing for an assisted living facility today

In essence, planning for assisted living is about combining an understanding of your current and future financial situation with an awareness of potential costs. It's always a good idea to start early, discuss openly with family members, and seek expert advice when needed.

And to speak to an assisted living facility that helps offer the best care for your loved one, contact Tennyson Court today.

  • Everyone at Tennyson Court has been so warm and loving to my father for the last 2 years. You have all made his life happier during his time there. You are all the eyes and hands of the families of your residents when we can not be with them.

  • Thank you for showing us and our mom so much care, love and attention while we were a part of the Tennyson family. You truly made our time with you so enjoyable!

    A former resident and Her family


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